Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quilt Trail: This Friday 6-9PM

To the good people in the Indianapolis area :

This Friday is First Friday, and the Indy Modern Quilt Guild is hosting an installation of modern quilts on the cultural trail. Here's a sneaky peek from last night's trial run:

Quilts -- including five of mine -- will hang along Mass Ave, east of College Ave, from 6-9PM, and several guild members (including moi) will be on hand for Q&A (and maniacal policing. let's be honest.). If you make it downtown, be sure to swing into Crimson Tate at 845 Mass Ave for ice cream and giggles.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

lost and found

pardon me, but I seem to have misplaced something. have you seen my mojo? i left it lying around somewhere back in April and can't remember where I put it.

let's see... is this it?

hmmm. no. this?

not quite. how about...

I've been having too much fun this summer and have been away from my studio since...April. No desire. No mojo for creating stuff other than s'mores (I WISH. burn ban!). 

oh, wait. THERE it is! 

Dusting things off. Finding my mojo.

it's a spark. we'll see if it catches flame. Until then...

Monday, April 23, 2012

wee woodland baby quilt

I finished up this simple charm squares quilt a few weeks ago.
wee woodland

And while it may seem like the whole rounded corners thing is something I should start attending meetings for, let me assure you: you're right.
wee woodland

The same is probably true for straight line quilting. For this little quilt I used a simple grid pattern that looks extra awesome on the light back with a darker teal quilting thread.
wee woodland - grid quilting

I picked up two charm packs of Wee Woodland by Keiki last summer in Summer 2010 in Shipshewana, IN. I pretty immediately sewed the top together, and then stuck it up on my design wall. Where it sat. Forever.
wee woodland

And then one day I was spray basting and found the quilt top folded over a hanger in my fabric closet. I thought, "what the heck," and pieced together the quilt back using one subtle print from the collection, a bit of solid, and a few straggling charm squares that didn't make it onto the front.
wee woodland - back

Overall, this quilt whipped up in a jif (despite the fact that it took me nearly two years to finish it!). I love the extra bit of fancy that the rounded corners add, plus it's a good excuse to stay sharp on the finer points of making continuous bias binding.
wee woodland

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

big finish

As a follow up to my last post I wanted to quickly show some photos of my finished Friday Night Brights Redux. Even though I've made this quilt once before, there was still a nice sense of accomplishment and excitement when I pulled it out of the washer (does everyone say "washer" or is that an indiana thing? or did I inherit it from me Pennsylvania parentals? hmm.).

We had a VERY unseasonably warm and beautiful March in Indiana, with trees bursting into bloom weeks ahead of "schedule." Sunday (two weeks ago) was, in short, totes amazeballs. It was warm, not hot. Breezy, not windy. Sunny, with a few clouds. So at 6:45 PM at the height of "the golden hour" we packed up and headed to the best place I could think of to photograph my FNB Redux quilt. The local high school football stadium.

We started outside, not wanting to gate crash.
go greyhounds

The light. was. perfect.
FNB windy

And then we found an open gate and ventured inside. First, the tunnel, with back light. And a sun flare bonus!
assistant at work

[at this point, I would just like to acknowledge that this talk about being cautious to enter is a total lie. we went there to gate crash. and gate crash we did.]

Jeff likes to pride himself on being able to completely disappear behind the quilts that he's holding up. Sometimes it works.
Friday Night Brights redux

FNB in the stands

Sometimes it doesn't. But I'm not complaining.

This is the one he's most proud of, because he's 6'2 and the quilt is 44" tall (x 38 wide, fyi). Anyway, we meandered onto the field for a couple of final shots as we were losing daylight.
FNB on the field

This one caught the last rays of real light. 
FNB back & front

As mentioned previously, I backed this one in a print from Laurie Wisbrun's Modern Whimsy range for Robert Kaufman fabrics. As a bonus, the aqua in this print matches perfectly with one of the colors in the Kona Brights charm pack I used on the front. And it looks great with the binding print, Bright Stripe from Ann Kelle's Remix range.
FNB back

The FNB Redux quilt is now safely stationed in its new role as "store sample" at Crimson Tate, where you'll be able to purchase copies of the pattern starting in a week or so. I'm happy to report she's settling in and making herself at home.

Friday, March 30, 2012


um. hi.  so much has happened, so I'll start at the beginning.quilt class. here are the highlights.

There were 7 students in the class, and for 5 of them this was their first. quilt. ever.
attentive students

So there were a lot of demos. "Now I'll show you how to use a rotary cutter."

And now you try.
photo (4)

The quilt shop is perfect for classes with several cutting/ironing stations.
photo (5)

And now, they sew.

Mary 2

There are 168 HSTs in this quilt that you have to keep in perfect order until they're all assembled. If you don't laugh, you'll cry. We laughed.

There was homework. (for me, too!)

And then we pieced. And then we sandwiched. Some of us used pins, and some of us (me) used spray.

You can never use too many pins
Brooke quilting

I quilted with an echo pattern. On the back, I used a circle print from Laurie Wisbrun's Modern Whimsy range. Don't you think these circles look just like those reinforcement stickers you use w your three-ring-binders? (More importantly, does anyone use binders now that we have Pinterest?) Anyway, I love this fabric.

The final class was reserved for binding. Bias-cut binding. Continuous bias-cut binding. New quilters. Fun times. We got silly. But not so silly that we didn't ooh and aah AGAIN over how perfect this Remix stripe is. Loves it, we do.
bias binding

And then we got down to business. There may have been some seam-ripping.

and also some seam-ripping. Elaine reinterpreted the design in black+white+red.
seam ripper

And THEN we had some big finishes.

big finish from Amanda

Elaine's big finish

big (top) finish from Mary

I'm still feeling like a proud mama bear.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

wednesday is the new friday

Exciting news to share today. I'm teaching a quilt class next month!

In October I sent my Friday Night Brights quilt off to live for a while at a new Indy area quilt shop, Crimson Tate.

Heather, the lovely and bubbly proprietor, does a rotating installation of quilts made by local sewists. When I popped into the shop after Thanksgiving, Heather approached me about teaching a FNB class.

I screamed. Hugged her. Cried a little. And then I said yes. It was quite a proposal.
wednesday is the new friday

Since then I've been prepping and planning, scheming and dreaming, and altogether bubbling over with excitement. Now that Heather has published her class schedule, I'm happy to make an official announcement of my own.

The class will be held in three sessions, on Wednesday February 8 & 22, and March 7. You'll learn my very organized and slightly neurotic method for keeping everything orderly as you piece the rainbow inset with 168 half square triangles, and I'll cover making said 168 HSTs, cutting bias binding, and making rounded corners along the way. This class is probably not best suited to a new sewist, but I'll cover the basics at length, which makes it perfect for new and newer quilters.
Friday Night Brights - finished!

You can open a PDF of the full Crimson Tate class schedule by clicking here. When you're ready to sign up, give the shop a call at 317-426-3300.